Kenny Scharf and Kiehl’s collaborating for children’s charities this holiday season.
When I saw Kenny Scharf painting this mural a couple of weeks ago, he was asking whether he should climb up the precarious ladder and paint one more character on top of the painting. Saying he didn’t like repeating character colors I suggested a shiny black face looking askance at the rest cavorting below. I think he took my suggestion to heart.
You can still see a bit of Kenny Scharf‘s colors on the side of the wall. JR is noted for his politically themed ultra-blowup photos. “Lakota, North Dakota” will highlight the Standing Rock and Pineridge Native Reservations — some of the most important Native American reservations whose impoverished and forgotten communities have suffered unspeakable hardships. – Goldman press release.
You need to be on the south side of Houston Street to really see the image, up-close it is hard to read. I think the vertical white stains are an excess of paste.
Bowery Boogie has photos of the transition, links and story..
I missed the main action of him camouflaging himself with paint in front of the Kenny Scharf mural. EV Grieve explains.
I photographed it yesterday but it was just more construction clutter on East Houston Street. Then I was clued in on EV Grieve. “Back in December 2009, tape artist Sam Bassett put his signature touch above the Os Gêmeos mural at Houston and the Bowery.” Legendary Skewville used to use construction orange camouflage all the time to get their stuff up.
Gamma’s questions for hitchhiker longevity. Is it out of the way? (It must not poke you in the eye, or trip you). Would a human be unable to remove it bare handed? 3- Is it easily mistaken for anything other than street art? If answer yes to all of these questions, it may remain in place for years. Rotgut for example. Click the tags below to find out more.
A few days ago the mural was tagged with huge filled white bubble letters all along the base. The amazing fanciful restoration, completely obliterating the tag, was done very much in the quick dirty style of Scharf’s street paintings of the Eighties. But Animal New York reports that Sharf is in LA and the restoration was done by an anonymous friend of the artist. I love it. I suspect more action to come.
The other day the Houston and Bowery Kenny Scharf mural was tagged with giant bubble letters. This morning I saw an image on EV Grieve showing it restored. From the photo I was thinking that someone was able to remove the tag with some magic solvent. But seeing it up close, it looks like Scharf came back last night and painted over the tag. I’m guessing that it must have been him from the style and imagination of the restoration. It is very much in the quick and dirty style of his old illegal painting of the 80′s. I am amazed, amused and happy. Update: Animal New York reports that ‘Kenny Scharf, who’s currently in LA, tells ANIMAL that an anonymous friend went over the tags with squiggly echoes of the colorful wall underneath.’
I was lucky enough to stumble on this mural the day before Thanksgiving, as Kenny Scharf was just starting his painting. I was also lucky to get there when he said “the puzzle is filled.”